When exploring your options for home-based jobs, don't forget jobs that require a technical background if you've got those skills. Technical moms are in a great position to land higher paying home-based jobs, because of the high demand and fewer workers available, when compared to other industries. Some of the jobs you could be doing today to make a living working at home are:
When you call a toll-free number for technical assistance, you may have been transferred to a work-at-home mom to help your resolve your issues. You'd never know it, because you dialed the company's number and it sounds like you're dealing with someone working in the office. There's special equipment that the employer will send to you to do your job and make your telephone line sound as if you're working in an office cubicle. You'll also get software to connect directly to supervisors and other technical support staff in case you cannot resolve an issue on your own. It's a great home-based job for moms who have relevant skills. The one drawback is you don't have much flexibility in the hours you can work. It's like any call-center job, where you have to be available during a block of time assigned to you. At least you get to choose your hours up front.
Little knowledge of HTML coding is required to build a website, with all of the user friendly publishing tools available. You can download many great web builder tools for free, which means you can apply for jobs without any initial investment. The technical skills are important for customization purposes. You can learn the "quirks" of a program you choose easily, as there are so many tutorials and forums for most software programs. Home-based jobs for web designers are posted on any job board that lists work-at-home opportunities, unless the job board specializes in certain types of jobs.
Merge your writing and technical skills by applying for freelance writing jobs. Some writing jobs require the writer to have technical skills in order to apply. Many writers do not have those skills, making these great home-based jobs to help your carve out a niche in the freelance writing arena. Some assignments might include:
- Writing user manuals
- White papers on technical issues
- Blog posts on tech trends and news
Check freelance writing jobs websites for technical writing positions. Have at least two writing samples ready to submit to prospective employers.
There are some home-based jobs in consulting, and some of them are technology consulting jobs. You're already a problem-solver if you work with technology , so why not leverage those skills as a consultant. Make recommendations to companies to help them resolve the technical problems that keep their businesses from running well. Employers are willing to pay for the advice and offer short-term as well as long-term projects.
Pick at least five technical home-based jobs boards to visit daily, and apply for everything that match your interests and skills until you have more work than you can handle.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.